Updated 10:44 AM EDT, Thu, Apr 22, 2021

'Street Fighter 5': Gameplay Changes Have Been Made to Avoid Objectifying Female Fighters

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The PlayStation 4 and PC versions of "Street Fighter 5" are set to release in less than a month, and Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono has assured fans that most of their complaints have been addressed. Specifically, female fighters are now represented in a more dignified manner.

In a recent sitdown with GameSpot, Ono stated that input from fans continue to play a huge role in the development of Capcom games. He said the company try to fix problems that go beyond the technical aspect of video gaming.

To suit the demands of socially conscious fans, certain camera angles and character details in "Street Fighter 5" have been modified. Ono admitted that he had been receiving expletive tweets from fans who complain about how female fighters like Rainbow Mika and Cammy have been portrayed in beta tests and game trailers.

"We want everyone to be able to enjoy playing this game. We don't want anything offensive in there," Ono explained. "We want everyone to be able to enjoy the game as much as possible. So we're working to be able to provide a friendly environment for everyone."

Last November, Event Hubs got hold of beta footage showing the initial camera modifications done to Rainbow Mika and Cammy. Here are the before and after animations of Rainbow Mika and the before and after animations of Cammy.

Needless to say, the newer versions were only slightly more respectable than the old ones. It still remains to be seen how the final cuts will play out. It should be noted that "Street Fighter 5" will release next month, giving Capcom enough time to make further changes as per requests from fans.

As for Ono, he believes the best-case scenario for video games would be for gaming studios to work hand-in-hand with the younger generation, as they have a newer perspective on technology.

"Making video games is a daily evolution, things are constantly changing," he said. "So the next big challenge will be to unite the new generation of game developers and the old generation of game developers to make something new, and I would really like to have that opportunity moving forward."

The younger generation of "Street Fighter" fans certainly have proficiency in handling new technology. A few weeks before the worldwide debut of "Street Fighter 5," a YouTube channel has already been created, showcasing modded hybrids of the game's characters.

As per Euro Gamer, modded fighters include hybrids of Birdie and Laura, Ken and Mika, Zangief and Dhalsim and last but not the least, Ken and Dante from the "Devil May Cry" franchise.

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